Buffalo Bill Blog

Jul
16

Hang Gliding Over Park County

 

So there I was on Saturday, taking in the view of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse and the surrounding areas as I was hang gliding.

You read me right. Most of you know that I am not a daredevil. My idea of risky behavior is going on a first date wearing jeans I bought at Wal-Mart.

hang glider flying in the skyBut instead of jumping off a cliff and letting the prevailing winds keep me aloft, I took advantage of a new option offered at the airport. Airborne Over Cody provides rides in the “microlight” planes that use fabric wings you see on hang gliders, but the planes are propeller-driven with the pilot and passenger strapped in to a cockpit.

We took off on a glorious blue-sky Absaroka Mountain morning and headed south toward Meeteetse. I wanted to land and make a visit to the “Cowboy Chocolatier” but that idea was unceremoniously nixed. While I am cowboy holding plate of chocolatesnot happy about that decision, I guess I can live with it.

water spraying out of damAfter a right turn over Lower Sunshine Reservoir we flew up to Buffalo Bill State Park. Everybody around here knows the story of how the dam was built so that the North Fork of the Shoshone River could be used to irrigate the region’s crops, but you never really get the perspective of a man-made lake until you fly over it.

Continuing our clockwise pattern, we went in a northeast direction over Powell where I took several classes at Northwest College back in the day. I was hoping a couple of my old professors were watching, because I told them I would reach great heights.fabricated buildings with american flag in front

From there we looped around Heart Mountain, saw the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center and made a beeline back to the airport.

Mountains, trees and riverWhat struck me about this flight is how much open country we still have as well as the diversity of the lands with forests, rivers, waterfalls, valleys and mountains combining to create a paradise for those of us who love the outdoors.

One other thing. I made a list of people who could stand to pay a little more attention to their landscaping. You know who you are. Don’t make me say your names out loud.

Until next week, I am lovin’ life and flying high.

                                                 Corrie N. Codycartoon cowgirl with braids

Jul
09

Full Family Season Is Upon Us

 

The 2013 Cody Stampede is now a fond memory. I should have kept some sort of journal of how many old friends I saw and new ones I made – hmm, maybe I could invent some sort of electronic contraption that will allow me to take photos, record addresses and phone numbers, organize these friends into one big group and then tell everyone details of my life such as what I am having for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

sticker reading Wyoming's Great American Road TripBut I digress. With the Stampede complete, we are in full summer season, and that means family time. I understand that many people like to travel during what is called the “shoulder seasons” when the weather is nice and the atmosphere a little more relaxed, but as long as kids are in school from early September through early June, families will make the Great American Road Trip in the summer.

Personally, I love it. With the obvious exception of Sleeping Giant ski area, all of our activities and attractions are going full force and you can feel the energy on our streets.

While many of the visitors stop in Cody for one night on their way to or from Yellowstone Park, I have seen an increase in those who make a point of staying a few days because there is just so much to do. People are surprised that our small town offers such a diverse lineup of activities. miniature carvings of tepees, mountains, trees, indians

You want history? Check out the The Buffalo Bill Center of the West and its five museums under one roof. Tecumseh’s Miniature Village tells the story of the West and has incredible artifacts. Old Trail Town’s cabins are simply incredible. For a sobering look at life for Japanese Americans during World War II, do not miss Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.

family floating on raft down riverLooking for something active? Shoot the rapids on the North Fork of the Shoshone River, catch trout on one of the many rivers in the area or hike and ride the trails surrounding our many guest ranches.

Or hire a guide and do some fantastic mountain biking!Cody rodeo arena

Want to be entertained? The Cody Gunfighters always put on a good show while getting across the message about gun safety. There’s plenty of good music suitable for the whole family at a chuck wagon dinner or afterwards with Dan Miller. And, of course, the Nite Rodeo is a great way to end the day.campground with tents

Need a place to stay? We offer something for everyone with camp sites, RV sites, cabins, motels, hotels, B&Bs within walking distance and guest ranches outside of town.

We are tremendously proud of what our little area has to offer. I get the biggest kick out of eavesdropping on families as they look at their schedules to see if they can add a day or two to their Cody portion.

I tell you, we are no One-Trick Pony.

Lovin’ life and sum, sum, summertime in Cody, Wyoming.

                                                                                    Corrie N. Codycartoon cowgirl with braids

Jul
02

Buffalo Bill Presents Our Flag To The Queen

 

American flag blowing in the wind

With July 4th almost here, I think about what our flag means to me as a symbol of freedom and the joining of the many diverse regions of our country into a single entity that is so much stronger than our individual parts.

I also think about how that flag and our very own Buffalo Bill Cody were instrumental in solidifying our relationship with England.

Many people know that Buffalo Bill was the most famous person in the world at one time. His Wild West Show was incredibly popular as it toured the U.S. and later went international. In 1887, Bill took his show to Europe where it was a smash success seen by more than one million people.

Among those attending the show was the very proper Queen Victoria. Many of the English people were more than a little surprised that the queen chose to attend the show, and this step only served to increase interest. What happened at the show is even better.

At the beginning of each show, Buffalo Bill entered with the American flag. On this day he rode into the arena and over to the queen to present himself and the flag. Queen Victoria stood and bowed to our flag and to Bill.

We here in town believe that this gesture alone began to thaw some frosty relations between the U.S. and England that had been lingering for decades, especially since the War of 1812. Today, we know no greater ally than England.

Queen Victoria and Buffalo Bill Cody developed mutual respect and a friendship. The queen even shipped the beautiful cherry wood bar that continues to grace the dining room of the Irma Hotel. I think of this story every time I see that bar.

I hope your Independence Day is filled with laughter, the company of good friends, family and relaxation. Mine will include all of that. Plus a toast to Queen Victoria.

Loving the independent life in Buffalo Bill’s Cody Country…

Corrie N. Codycartoon cowgirl with braids

Jun
25

The Cody Stampede Is A Week Away!

 

sign reading cody stampedeWith the Cody Stampede just a week away I am shifting my efforts to find a date for the July 4th holiday into a higher gear.photo of dan miller

I had my sights set on nine-time world rodeo champion Ty Murray, but someone told me he is married to a singer. And I do respect the institution of marriage. Otherwise, I would just head over the Cody Theatre and tell Dan Miller what time to pick me up.

The Cody Stampede is special even in our rodeo-centric town. This year’s events will be held for four days July 1-4 and will attract the top cowboys in the world. I tried to legally change my name to “Cody Stampede” but the judge would not allow it. He didn’t accept my argument that I, too, attracted cowboys.

marching band in paradeIn addition to the bull riding, roping and such, we have the stampede parade. Actually, that’s two parades. On July 2 at 10 a.m., the Kiddies Parade gets underway. In addition to being in the parade just for the fun of it, the kids compete in various categories such as “Most Patriotic,” “Best Decorated Float” and several others. At 9:30 a.m. on July 3 and 4, the main Stampede Parade gets underway with more participants, prizes and floats. This year’s theme is Cowboys, Indians & Thieves. I love our July 4th parade – lots horses, marching bands from all over, mountain men and clever floats.

The Grand Marshal of this year’s parade will be Craig Johnson, author of the popular “Walt Longmire” books. If you have not read one of the books, you might have seen the television show.

And my favorite rodeo event? Like many people, I love the bull riding. The PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour will feature top riders competing for a $50,000 purse and the Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls title. You can bet I’ll be man riding bullthere – hopefully with a date, at 7 p.m. on June 30th for the 2013 event – a great kickoff to the Cody Stampede week.  Considering the best riders stay on the bulls less than 10 seconds, the winner makes quite the hourly wage. If you have ever seen those bulls up close, you know the riders earn every cent.

Here’s hoping I see you there.

Loving life – and rodeo – in Cody, Wyoming.

Corrie N. Codycartoon cowgirl with braids

Jun
18

When I Have Company

 

Few things in life are certain, but I can practically guarantee this: If you live in Cody/Yellowstone Country you will have company at some point, most likely in the summer. And if your friends and relatives are anything like mine, they are curious about what makes the town and surrounding area tick.

I have developed a surefire way to answer most of the questions these folks have and to make their visit so much better by helping them understand what they are seeing.

Here’s my three-step process.

looking at map on floor from stairs above1.  I take my guests over to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and we make a hard left straight to the Draper Natural History Museum. We walk over to the edge of the top level and look down at a big tile floor map of the region. By starting big, we get our bearings and see where Cody, Park County, the Park and the whole Yellowstone ecosystem fit together.

We then head down the ramps and begin to learn about some more specific topics like the area’s wildlife, how forest fires are actually good for the environment and the reintroduction of wolves to the area. stuffed wolf inside museum

Then we spend some more time exploring the other four museums under the Buffalo Bill Center of the West roof. My visitors always want to learn about Buffalo Bill Cody, and the Buffalo Bill Museum does a terrific job of presenting his life and adventures. There’s also the Plains Indians Museum, Whitney Museum of Western Art and Cody Firearms Museum. My visitors are always amazed that we have such a world-class museum in our little town.

red and green Cody Trolley2.  Next, we head over to the Cody Trolley Tour for a one-hour, 22-mile tour that is a great way to get acquainted with the town. Lively narrators tell the compelling story of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and showcase the town he created.

We learn about the town as it was more than 100 years ago, how the dam changed agriculture in the region, what it took to drill tunnels and create the road to Yellowstone and more.

My favorite part of the tour is when they point out the houses people ordered through the Sears catalog.

3.  At this point I am pretty confident that my visitors have a broad understanding of our slice of Heaven and why this whole region is so special. Our next step is to pick out specific things to do and see. Some people buildings with flag flying want to head straight to the park looking for grizzly bears; others are more interested in human history and can’t wait to get to the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center and others want to hike into a lodge pole pine forest that burned 25 years ago and is growing back with a vengeance.

Me? I think I will head back over to the Draper Museum.

Until next time, I lovin’ life and playing tour guide in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country…

                                     Corrie N. Codycartoon cowgirl wtih braids

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